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M1288 Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1/

Flyer 72 Advanced Light Strike Vehicle



Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: Began production in 2014, with 72 vehicles to be delivered to SOCOM by 2016
Manufactured by: Flyer Defense, LLC. and General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems
Crew: Up to 9 (adaptable to mission)
Armament: Multiple weapons configurations can be fitted depending on mission.  The ALSV is equipped with a heavy weapons ring mount and can be equipped with numerous pintle mounts on all sides. Weapons that can probably be fitted are the M249 5.56mm light machine gun, M240 7.62mm mg, M2HB or M3D/M50 Dragon .50 cal HMG, Mark 19 or Mark 47 40mm automatic grenade launcher, GAU-19/A .50 cal gatling gun, M134 7.62mm minigun and BGM-71 TOW 2 Anti-Tank Guided Missile System.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel (using JP-8 fuel)
Miscellaneous Info:

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) initiated the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1) program to find a suitable vehicle to replace their HMMWV based GMV’s. After a long and sometimes contentious process, the Flyer 72 ALSV was selected as USSOCOM's new GMV over the other two competition finalists, AM General's GMV 1.1 and Navistar Defense's Special Operations Tactical Vehicle.

Being able to fulfill a multitude of different mission types performed by US Special Forces, the Flyer 72 is transportable by V-22 Osprey, UH-60 Blackhawk CH-47 Chinook (internally) and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters.  It is also cost-effective in that role as around 80 percent of the ALSV is built using commercial-off-the-shelf or Humvee compatible parts, yet also being able to be uparmored if a mission calls for that feature.

The Flyer 72 GMV 1.1 should not be confused with very similar Flyer 60 ALSV, also built by Flyer Defense.  The main difference between the vehicles is that the Flyer 60 is about two inches shorter in length and about one foot shorter in height and narrower in width.

As a confusing side note, another version of the Flyer 72 ALSV was entered into the US Army's later Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) Program, which it also won. That version is referred to as the M1297 Army Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1. 

In yet another Army program in 2019, a new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) was to be selected.  The upgraded Flyer 72 was also entered into this competition by Polaris, but with Oshkosh Defense joining them as a partner.  Unfortunately, the Flyer 72 was not selected again by the Army, being beaten out by the Infantry Squad Vehicle submitted by the General Motors Defense LLC./Ricardo PLC consortium.

Data Sheet Available:   Flyer 72 Advanced Light Strike Vehicle Sales Brochure (General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems)


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M1288 GMV 1.1/Flyer 72 ALSV Photos General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems

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M1288 GMV 1.1/Flyer 72 ALSV Information and Photos General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems


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Kits and Accessories

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Flyer 72 ASLV Model Kit (T35169) Black Dog 1/35 Resin.
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